Definitions

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  • adj. That is liable to detonate spontaneously

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of detonating; explosive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. exploding almost instantaneously

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Examples

  • At last inquisitive Whitman a modern epic, detonative

    Allen Ginsberg

  • ANDERSON: How easy is it effectively to devise an explosive, once you get on the plane and you have some sort of detonative device as well?

    CNN Transcript Aug 10, 2006

  • He also says HMX, a possible detonative explosive used possibly for nuclear weapons, they also want to account for some missing amounts of that.

    CNN Transcript Jan 9, 2003

  • Picric acid, when heated, burns with a luminous and smoky flame, and may be burnt away in large quantity without explosion; but the mere contact of certain metallic oxides, with picric acid, in the presence of heat, develops powerful explosives, which are capable of acting as detonators to an indefinite amount of the acid, wet or dry, which is within reach of their detonative influence.

    Nitro-Explosives: A Practical Treatise

  • The Buccaneers weren't a poor rushing offense in 2008, coming in at 15th in total rushing yards, but they lacked a detonative element, averaging just 4.1 yards per carry - good for

    Fanball Fantasy Football News - Newsbreakers

  • There are 11 achievements to be obtained amidst the detonative fun.

    IGN PC

  • "The landscape Predergast surveys is a familiar one, and though his isn't a detonative mind, his understanding of the body as image and form of branding, and fixation with the way people hide behind masks, enriches Hancock has taken some punches - okay, a lot of punches - but it does have its champions.

    GreenCine Daily

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